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." >> a second explosion at the damaged fukushima at -- power plant and 11 people are injuried. japan offers assurances that risks remain low. tens of thousands of people are still missing amidst the race of trying to find loved ones. >> hello and welcome. also in this program, japan's stocks tumble. they take emergency action by pouring in cash to the market. >> japan's nuclear crisis appears to be deepening. in the last few hours, there has been a second explosion at the fukushima nuclear plant. speaking in the last hour, japan's cabinet secretary said the risk of today's explosion caused an uncontrolable leak of radiation is low. but the u.s. said it had moved away from the area after one of its aircraft carriers detected low-level radiation 160 kilometers off shore. tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from the area. let's go to my correspondent who is in japan in the sendai area with all the very latest. >> hello to you. you join me on the outskirts of sendai city. this main wall behind me is where the wall of tsunami, sea water, washed up about a half a mile from the harbor
of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> catastrophe in japan. one of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded is followed by a devastating tsunami. the quaker, a record-breaking 8.9 magnitude caused widespread damage. the shaking lasted up to four minutes. after the earthquake, a 10-meter and tsunami smashed into japan's pacific coast. now that threatens a vast suewathe of the pacific basin. welcome to "gmt." a special program dominated by the impact of the massive earthquake that hit japan just over six hours ago. the damage is extensive. first reports suggests more than 40 people have died. the prime minister has taken charge of the disaster response. >> over a wide area, damage has been afflicted -- inflicted. i offer my deepest sympathy for the people who have suffered the disaster. >> as extraordinary images continue to come in from japan, we will bring you the latest news from their and across the pacific region. it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington and 9:00 p.m. in japan where a major natural disaster is still unfolding. the most ferocious earthquak
and britain advised their nationals to leave tokyo and the north of japan. >> welcome to bbc world news. i am kara in london. also in this program -- in rain in your security forces. the message to bahrain by the u.n.'s top security official. the crisis and i riposte shows no signs of ending -- the crisis and the ivory coast shows no signs of ending. hello. seven days after the disaster, japanese authorities are still battling to bring stability to the stricken fukushima power or plan. let joined my colleague tony wilcox. >> hello, and welcome to japan where authorities are still trying to cool down the stricken nuclear plant in fukushima. the united states government and the british government has now advised all nationals living in tokyo and the north of the country to leave the area if they wish, and flights are being arranged. let's just have a look at some of the developments in the past few hours. it is early evening. darkins has volunteered but this morning, japanese military helicopters were dropping up to 7 tons of sea water at a time over the four reactors at that fukushima plant. t
, japan struggles to deal with two disasters of staggering force and skate. a massive queark, -- earthquake, then a tsunami. officials confirm 200 dead but expect the numbers to rise sharmly. and there is a worry about damage around the if you can if you can power -- fukushima power plant. we take you inside zsa zsa -- war isia -- for a look at the fiercest fighting in lebia. for sheer terror and destruction, the awesome scale of what the natural world can do to us, perhaps only volcanos come close. the japan earthquake, one of the biggest the world has ever seen. it struck off the coast near the city of sendai in the late afternoon. tsunami alerts were declared in several countries. alan little reports. >> how suddenly it strikes. mortal danger descends almost in the blink of an eye and without warning. it is terrifying. in an instant, there is chaos. then from the vastness of seat there is a threat more menacing still -- a wall of water more than 20 feet high advances across the ocean at speeds of up to 500 miles an hour, the speed of a jet aircraft. japan's tsunami defense
." >> this is bbc world news today. fears that thousands may have died in japan's earthquake and tsunami and concern is growing about radiation leaks from the clear power stations. authorities in japan are on alert about a possible nuclear meltdown after a second explosion in 48 hours at the fukushima plant. the rescue and relief operations struggle to help half million left homeless. whole communities are wiped off the map. >> every patch are around here, another home to another family. all obliterated. what is left? just a book, bits of a doll, a lamp, and a coffee maker. that is a lamp. >> the disaster also brings economic uncertainty as factories stopped and the stock market slumps. we assessed the impact on the world's third largest economy. arab gulf states send troops into bahrain to help quash anti- government protest. rebels say it is a declaration of war. gaddafi's forces bombing key places and libya as they try to win back the countries east. hello, and welcome. it is being described as the worst disaster in japan since the second world war. the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck
of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> a new day in japan revues -- reveals the next scale of devastation. hundreds of people are dead and towns and cities have a been devastated. >> i wasn't thinking about anything other than surviving because there was this very real sense of panic. >> a state of emergency issued after two new power plants, tens of thousands are urged to evacuate their homes. a massive relief operation, the japanese government has asked for international help. tsunami alerts have been downgraded across the region. welcome to bbc news, broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. a mammoth relief mission is swinging and action in northeastern japan after it was struck by a devastating tsunami claiming hundreds of lives. the disaster was triggered by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful since records began in that country. states of emergency have been declared. people living nearby, up to 300 bodies have been found. >> suddenly it strikes. almost in the blank of the night and without warning. it is terrifying. there is a threat
." a massive earthquake hits the northeast of japan. measuring an 8.9, triggering a tsunami. >> one of the largest earthquakes to hit japan in years, causing widespread damage across tokyo. >> at least 20 people killed and many more missing as a refinery fire burns out of control. >> a whirlpool off the eastern coast of japan. a tsunami warning has now been widened to cover the pacific basin. >> thst "bbc news." we're bringing you ongoing coverage of the tsunami and the earthquake that hit japan. >> it measured an 8.9. it triggered a 10-meter tsunami that destroyed everything in its path, sending ships crashing into the shore and swamping large areas of farmland. >> evacuations are taking place in japan, itself as well as warnings that have been issued in australia, hawaii and peru. >> the moment the earthquake struck, this, is a local government office. this, the offices of japan's public broadcasting. there were several powerful aftershocks in the hours following. >> the magnitude of this one was too obvious. people spilled out on to the streets and tried to comfort one another. t
." >> japan appeals for international help. evacuation. some are treated for radiation exposure and the authorities ordered everyone out of the surrounding area. the grim search goes on. tens of thousands missing, and fears of another tsunami. >> everyone was just running there. trying to get as far away as possible. >> welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america, also around the globe. my name is mike embley. coming up later for you -- coming up, the u.n. security council discusses a no-fly zone over libya, but nothing is agreed. and conversation in bahrain. protesters set up roadblocks as 1000 at saudi troops entered the country. hello. millions in the parts of northeast japan hammered by last week's quake and tsunami have spent their fourth night without food, water, electricity, or gas. at least 500,000 people have been left homeless, but even now, much is still unknown. communications are still down in many areas. about 2000 bodies have been found washed ashore. half of them in a town that was flattened by the water. as japan struggles to deal wi
of radiation but nowhere near dangerous levels. japan relies on nuclear for a third of its electricity, the trust in the technology and power company officials are being shaken. >> i don't know whether we can believe them, not only their comments but the government. i have to take our own action. >> i am very scared. figot infected by radiation there would be a big risk of getting cancer. >> after being checked people are being placed in evacuation centers across the city. this place is about 40 miles from the nuclear power station. for some that is not far enough believing they need to leave the region all together and go to other parts of japan. >> that report was filed before the third explosion. what about the human toll? my colleague reports. >> the road, it is a junior tow a place no longer there. once a pleasant fishing port, now gone. emergency teams heading in from all over japan, but there is little to find, expect bodies. people used to come here to rent bikes and cycle along the seaside. but at 2:46 friday afternoon it was wiped from the map. >> live tsunami struck the area
cannot wait for mummy to come home. bbc news, northeastern japan. >> it is astonishing, the resilience and restraint that the people have been exhibiting. >> you mentioned yukio edano and his latest news conference, and he said their credentials have not been affected. how can that be when some manufacturers have all said that their manufacturing will be affected? >> that is a good question. i do not know the ins and outs. what everyone is saying is that the supply lines will have been affected by this, and a lot of the microchips that are going to your ipad or my iphone, they come through here. this will have a knock-on effect. but it also depends on who was in the earthquake zone. i am not sure how many microchip plants have been affected. the last time i checked, the nikkei was down. this country is twice as indebted as the united states, and beyond the reconstruction efforts, putting money back into the economy, at the end of today, japan has been struggling ever since it's a bubble burst in 1990 and will continue to do so -- ever since its bubble burst. >> this is bbc news. still
. many people who live and work in tokyo come from other parts of japan, and now they want to go home. there is definitely more than just a trickle now of families leaving tokyo for other parts of japan because of the fear of radiation. most of the more than 30 million people who live in and around the city, though, leaving is not an option. they have no place to go and if there is a major release of radiation from the fukushima plant, there dawes -- doesn't seem to be a plan what to do either. if there is, the asumi family hasn't been told about it. they are watching the events to the north with growing consternation. they have an 8-month-old baby and they simple isly don't trust what the government is telling them about the lack of danger. >> i don't think so. you don't trust them in? i don't trust them. >> why not? >> because companies say not -- not truth. >> and what is this you have bought? is is this new if >> yeah, new. >> so instead the asumis like millions of other tokyoites are making their own plans. helmets, facemasks and a car standing by to head south at a moment's noti
." >> japan's prime minister appeals for calm after a third explosion at the fukushima daichi. naoto kan said everyone within 20 kilometers should leave immediately. >> we need now for everybody to move out of the 20 kilometer radius from the number one plant. >> in cities and towns reduced to rubble by the tsunami which followed the earthquake, the death toll could be as many as 10,000. a country still literally shaken by the aftershocks is coming to grips with the recovery effort. it will take years and an immeasurable income impact. become to "bbc world news." broadcasting in the u.k. and around the world. in this program, confrontation in bahrain. protestors set up road blocks in the capital as 1,000 saudi troops enter the country, and the u.n. security council discusses a no-fly zone over libya but nothing is agreed. member states are too divided. there's been a third big explosion at the fukushima power plant in japan which was badly damaged by friday's earthquake and tsunami. a four-fold increase in radiation levels has been released into the air surrounding the plant. the prime minist
japan'is's eye view of damaged nuclear plant. the effort to cool it goes on. people living near this facility flee for safety. japan fears as many as 15,000 may have died. welcome to "bbc world news." forces come to's benghazi. he delivers a radio message. >> we are coming on this happy day. tomorrow, benghazi will change and there will again be a fun, dance, and cries of joy. >> has japanese nuclear engineers battle to prevent a disaster, there is no let up. half a million people made homeless by friday's earthquake and tsunami. more supplies are reaching survivors. many still lack basic necessities. dozens of the evacuation centers have been set up. thousands were forced to flee from the nuclear exclusion zone. >> they come seeking refuge. fleeing tradition of's nuclear plant -- fukushima's nuclear plant and carrying what is most precious to them. there is a chance for radiation. more than 1000 have arrived here already. there are reunions. exhaustion and relief. this family was just 5 miles from the damaged reactor. as they made it here, the fuel in their car was running out.
." >> worke t-o reenter fukushima nuclear plant in japan as the battle to control it. increasing temperatures and snow hit the worst affected f -- areas. half of a million refugees are living in television shot -- living in shelters. in a rare television address, the japanese emperor addresses the public. also in this program, renewed unrest in bahrain as security forces clear anti-government demonstrators. pakistan has indicted a cia contractor on two counts of murder. workers at the japanese fukushima nuclear plant have returned to the site after earlier having to abandon it. steam was seen coming from the site as they attempted to cool the facility. japanese media reports said that fears for radiation levels above the plant. >> hello and welcome to tokyo. five days after that devastating earthquake and tsunami, the crisis continues. today there are reports of another fire in a helicopter that was called in to drop help -- to drop water had to turn back because of fears of radiation levels. despite that, government authorities are saying that radiation levels at the moment, while higher tha
rods are exposed in japan. the japanese cabinet secretary insists that the risk remains low. and the thousands of people still missing after the tsunami. welcome to "bbc world news." the bank of japan is pouring emergency cash into the market. the chinese premier says that political reform is the only way to secure the country's economic achievements. officials in japan are worried that a third reactor is suffering cooling problems, raising fears of another explosion. so far two reactors have suffered hydrogen blast. fuel rods are partly exposed in the third reactor. the government says the risk of an uncontrolled beak is low. more bodies have been found along the coast district. >> it was the second explosion in three days. this time in unit no. 3, which authorities had frantically been trying to cool. eleven workers were injured. a similar explosion occurred at unit no. 1 on saturday. the company has lost the ability to cool unit no. 2. authorities are still reassuring the public. >> there is a possibility that a massive amount of radiation has been beat. similar to the ti
of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> japan issues a state of emergency following safety failures at two nuclear power plants. tens of thousands are urged to evacuate. the japanese government believes that more than 1000 people have lost their lives after the earthquake and a tsunami. >> we were under the table holding hands. i was really not thinking about anything other than surviving because there was a very real sense of panic. >> a wall of water demolishes towns and cities on the northeastern coast taking away boats, homes, vehicles. hundreds and planes -- hundreds of planes and ships are involved in a relief effort. more than 50 aftershocks have hit the country but tsunami alerts have been downgraded across the pacific region. welcome to "bbc news," broadcast on pbs in america. a state of emergency has been announced that two nuclear power plants. thousands of people who live around the complex which is about 150 miles northeast of tokyo, they have been told to leave their homes because of a possible radioactive leak. >> nearly 24 hours after disast
prices have fallen heavily for a second day in a row in japan. investors uncertain about the long-term effect of the nuclear crisis. five days after the tsunami triggered by the earthquake, rescuers have not given up hope. thousands of bodies have been found already. several thousand japanese are missing, presumed dead. but the teams keep searching. hopeful still survivors can be found amid the devastation. bbc news, tokyo. >> these days, calamity's travel in packs and japan. the earthquakes, tsunami, the three explosions. the nikkei dropped 17% in two days. the overall cost of this crisis will be measured in tens of billions of dollars. let us not forget, the appalling human toll. 2004 hundred dead confirmed so far. the ultimate toll might be as high as 10,000 -- 2,400 did confirm so far. >> contamination checks carried out in this city for people who have come from areas near to the site of the stricken nuclear plant. hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced across northern japan as a result of the earthquake, tsunami, and now concerns about possible exposure to radia
." >> new pictures to have quake-stricken japanese nuclear plant. japan's central bank injects billions of yen into financial markets for a third day to ease the impact of last week's quake. welcome to bbc news. welcome to our viewers around the globe. britain and france draft a u.n. resolution calling for a no-fly zone. tensions running high. two protesters killed after bahrain declared a state of emergency. hello and welcome. the japanese government has said workers are trying to stabilize the if you can jet streama plant have been forced to suspend their operations due to increased radiation levels. the chief government spokesman said the reactor may have suffered damage. white smoke has been seen rising from the building. a fire at the plant's number four reactor where spent nuclear rods were being kept has been brought under control. >> smoke rises from the number four reactor at the fukushima power plant believed to have come from a fire from a massive pool holding the fire rods. protected in steel and concrete. in the last few hours, senior government officials described how leve
food supplies. >> i am david eades in london. also coming up -- in japan, more than 9000 people are now known to have died in the earthquake and tsunami. almost 13,000 are missing. emergency crews in japan's fukushima nuclear power plants battle to restore the cooling system after an eruption of caused by rising radiation levels. hello. american officials have confirmed that a u.s. warplane has crash landed in libya. they gave very few details but they say one crewman has been rescued and another was being rescue -- and in the last hour we got on conformed -- unconfirmed reports that 40 people being killed in misrata. let's go to southern italy. >> welcome to the airbase in southern italy, about 1 hours flying time to the libyan coast this is where the british effort is based. in the past hour or so, we have seen 3 tie phone -- typhoon year-old fighter jets taking up to control the no-fly zone. but unconfirmed reports from mistrata suggest there is still a job of work to be done to protect civilians on the ground as colonel gaddafi shows no signs to give up the fight. news of said -- ne
-government rally. welcome to "bbc world news." coming up later, japan's nuclear safety agency raises the accident alert levels at the fukushima nuclear plant saying the situation is serious. a nation remembers. japan holds a minute of silence for those who died in the earthquake and tsunami a week ago. ♪ the u.s. president barack obama has said the libyan leader colonel gaddafi must obey the u.n. demands or face military action. earlier, the libyan government announced an immediate ceasefire and promised to follow the u.n. resolution passed on thursday. he said colonel gaddafi had to stop all attacks on civilians, pull back his troops, and allow in humanitarian aid. >> now once more, muammar gaddafi has a choice. the resolution that passed lays out very clear conditions that must be met. the united states, the united kingdom, france, and arab states agree that a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. that means all attacks against civilians must stop. gaddafi must stop his troops from advancing on benghazi. he must pull them back from misurata and established water, gas, and electricity su
on this developing crisis in japan. >> welcome to tokyo. it is rush hour on a tuesday evening. it has been pretty intense all day long. it is because of the radiation levels that are generated north of here. the radiation levels have fallen according to officials at the plant. a third exposure and in two days. -- explosion in two days. here in tokyo, no dangerous to a human health, or so we were told. the official death toll is now 2400. many thousands are still missing. a total of 10,000. very serious questions are being raised. my fellow colleague has this report. >> the crisis in nuclear plant is worsening by the hour. radiation levels close to the site significantly higher now. an explosion and a fire creating conditions that are a risk to human health, according to the government. >> the reading levels seems to be very high. there are still very high risks, further. >> they already asked people to leave the area. now they are ordering them out. extra precautions -- precautions are needed. >> 20 or 30 kilometers from the power plant, depending on what happens at the power plant. you are asked
the earthquake, japan remembers the disaster. but they continue to look for survivors. and it's a slow go at the fukushima nuclear plant. >> western leaders are consulting on how to carry out the u.n. security council decision on how to carry out military action. let's go to my colleague. >> well, the atmosphere here in tripoli is one of outright defiance with the gaddafi regime showing they are defiant. gaddafi's son said it was not true that the libyan troops attacked rebels, and that it was a group of gangsters that attacked the civilians. >> the worried look on the face of the u.s. ambassador said it all. by u.n. standards this was real -- with powers like russia and china having to be forced -- convinced not to go against it. >> the central purpose of this resolution is clear. to end the violence. to protect civilans and to allow the libyan people to determine their own future free from the gaddafi regime. >> but it was far from nams. five countries on stained. >> the likelihood of large scale loss of life should not be underestimated. if the steps proposed turn out to be ineffective
>> hundreds are tested for radiation exposure in japan after four explosions at nuclear plant. the prime minister asks people not to panic. >> i request you act very calmly. >> amid the carnage, a survivor trapped for 96 hours, but pulled out alive. others call in vain for missing relatives. >> [unintelligible] >> powerful aftershocks are still rocking the country. one measures 6.4 and hit southwest japan on tuesday. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america, also around the globe. my name is mike embley. coming up later for you -- tensions are running high. two protesters are killed and bahrain declares a state of emergency. and desperate to leave libya. gaddafi's forces report gains. we have reports from refugees trying to lead the conflict. -- believe that the conflict. -- leave the conflict. hello. four explosions in as many days, and radiation levels at levels authorities acknowledged to be dangerous. the struggle to stop and knelt down at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant it is ongoing. cooling water is recovering smoothly. but the plant i
is that more people will die. >> japan's nuclear association says that smoke were seen rising from fukushima's crippled no. 2 reactor could be coming from the spent fuel pool or from an explosion in the fuel supply timber. all four reactors -- meanwhile, britain, the united states, and france have arranged special flights for those who want to leave tokyo. in japan, even the scramble to leave is incredibly orderly. on the street outside tokyo's immigration office, the line stretches for more than a mile. thousands and thousands of people are waiting for a piece of paper so they can leave japan. the fact that they have to do this makes some here very angry. >> the japanese government has a secret requirement that, even though you have a visa, you still have to get a reentry stand to get back into the country. otherwise, you lose a your visa. a lot of people here are people from china, the people that run most of japan's economy. for the past six days, this woman got her mother was day -- was dead, swept away by the tsunami. she just got a call from her. just a minute ago. she said that she is
." >> a new aftershock shakes japan as two workers at the fukushima nuclear plant are treated for high levels of radiation. the battle for libya goes on. france says it could take weeks, not months, to destroy gaddafi's military capabilities. parliament rejects austerity measures in portugal and the prime minister resigns. welcome to "bbc world news." i am david eades. also coming up in the program, the suicide bombing ritual acted out by children and posted as an online video. >> two workers at japan's fukushima nuclear power station have been taken to the hospital after they were exposed to high levels of radiation. the leak of radiation has already contaminated tokyo's water supply. authorities say that tap water is once again safe. in the last couple of hours, there's been a further strong aftershock. at a news conference just a short while ago, the japanese chief cabinet secretary was talking about what had happened to those two nuclear workers. >> yesterday at reactor building number three, workers were laying cables. the radiation levels have been monitored constantly. they stepped int
days of plunges. the bank of japan said it will inject an extra $3.5 trillion into the bank's. their aim is to keep the economy stable. >> thank you very much. even before details emerged of the latest fire, a team of 34 experts was on its way to japan to assess the reactors and advise on containing radiation leaks. our correspondent has been given this analysis. >> day after day new threats emerge. multiple explosions, a scene so hazardous only 50 workers are left on site to try to bring things under control. here is what we think is happening. reactor one is -- there has probably been a partial melting inside. reactor two is the most worrying with a potential breach. the first possible damage to any reactors. this device handles excess pressure may have been breached. reactor three is also in trouble with an explosion and maybe a partial meltdown. high-level radiation has been measured nearby. reactor four poses a threat as well. in a tank a fire somehow started. that will also be another source of leaking radiation. this crisis has been tackled by a reduced work force. th
broadcasting to our viewers in the u.k. and around the world. also on this program, japan's government admits failings and handling the nuclear crisis. we returned to the port where the force of the tsunami was caught on camera. welcome once again. libya has defended the presence of the torch is near the rebel stronghold saying that the troops will not enter or attack the city. rebels have come under fire while for the west, there has also been fighting. reports of renewed fighting came as britain, france, the allied states and arab countries issued a joint ultimatum to libya oppose a leader. we begin the coverage from the libyan capital of tripoli. >> you cannot take the camera without attracting a crowd like this. this is the only point of view you can hear. an attack is treason. there is no uprising, only a criminal enterprise by a few hundred gangsters. they are mystified that the united nations cannot see that. >> what about the united nations. >> i hate united nations. i hate french. i hate arabs. i only love libya and colo0nel g-- colonel gaddafi. >> the more isolated it becomes, the m
for joining us here on "bbc world news." s that the situation in -- well, that is the situation in japan. many people still missing. thousands homeless. a british national who wants to leave the country who are working or living in tokyo or the northeast should do so if they wish. that is word from outside the foreign office. >> that was live from tokyo. plenty more from japan throughout thexd next couple of hours here on "bbc world news." let's get the latest indication for the tokyo stock market. how has-been has it been today? >> it's been another volatile session. on monday and tuesday the japanese stock market dropped by añr total of 16% then went back up on wednesday. today it has slipped up again. the nikkei closed down by a further 1.5%. this is despite the bank of japan pumping money into the system. we've seen the yen rising to these record highs not seen since the second world war. looking at toyota. of course, toyota is a huge exporter. they are watching their shares falling, despite saying they will be trying to resume their car plants. >> now the task of rebuilding japan's infra
." more coming up in the program and more worries in japan about the fishermen nuclear repay. one of the reactor cores could be damaged -- about the fukushima nuclear plant. in a film that takes you into the interrogation room. we look at four days inside guantanamo. ♪ >> hello, welcome. syria has become the latest hot spot in the middle east, with the ruling elite coming under its biggest challenge in three decades. thousands have demonstrated, calling for more freedom, with protests reported in three more towns. in, protesters climbed about 20 were shot down after a statue of the former president was set alight. in damascus, three people reported to have been killed. ban ki-moon has urged the government to respect and to protect the rights of citizens. protests are taking place elsewhere across the region. in the many capital, , both pro and anti-government demonstrators held their largest real yet. the president told a crowd of supporters that he would step down but on his own terms. in libya, loud explosions have been heard near ajdabiya, where rebels are fighting forces loy
you very much for that. we will gone to our other main news of the day and the events in japan, where the nuclear safety agency has raised the rating of the country's nuclear accident from four to five. engineers are trying to pull and restore power to at least two of the reactors at fukushima. they've poured cold water on the reactors and tried to install a new power cable to allow the old pumps to send coolant into the reactors. there's still a danger that they could overheat and cause a major radiation leak. the head of the international atomic energy agency said it was a race against the clock. meanwhile, a huge humanitarian crisis. according to the japanese police, the number of people confirmed dead now stands at more than 6500 and more than 10,000 people are missing. the earthquake damaged roads and airports. it is gradually being repaired and reopened. snow and shortages of fuel are hampering efforts to deliver food and water to survivors and the evacuees. >> at 2:46 p.m., japan paused to remember. a minute of silence to mark the moment exactly one week ago that the earthquake
of high profile defections. >> as they work to restore power to japan's stricken nuclear power plant continue, radiation detected in sea water and food supplies. >> hello, there. explosions and anti-aircraft fire have been heard near colonel gaddafi's headquarters as they enforce the no-fly zone for a third night. the libyan leader is not being targeted and they insist that the campaign is aimed as protecting libyan civilians. here is our latest on the aleyed assault. >> from the ground you cannot tell what is being hit, but you hear the impact of the missile strikes and the distant rurmble of the blasts. what you see is the libyan response, anti-aircraft fire aiming at aircraft that are too high or mifles that are too fast to be vulnerable. a government spokesman warned that all this would plunge yet another arab country into bloody civil war. >> we are expect can't to see death on the ground and bombs in the streets of tripoli. it is the story of baghdad being played again in tripoli. >> last night war came to colonel gaddafi's compound. a missile strike turned a three-story buildi
radioactive water inside japan's crippled nuclear plant could indicate a partial meltdown of one of the reactors. and a third of a million cars lost from production, japan's car industry reopens a handful of plants. it's midday here in london and 2:00 p.m. across libya, where the rebels march west in developing a new momentum, thanks to the allied air strikes. they've been able to advance into colonel gaddafi's heartland without meeting much resistance. let's go to ben brown in eastern libya. >> you join us here right by the coastal highway that leads to sirte. now, we're just outside ras lanuf which has a huge oil refinery, which is firm until rebel hands. they captured it yesterday. then they moved to a town of bin jawad, which they also captured. today they're claiming they captured sirte, the hometown of colonel gaddafi. that is being disputed by news agency reporters on the ground in sirte. the rebels, though, have claimed that they've taken it, and when they announced that news back at the rebel stronghold of benghazi last night, where we were, that was met with wild celebr
world news. also coming up, in japan more than 9,000 people are known to have died in the earthquake and tsunami. almost 13,000 are missing. as the battle to restore power to their fukushima nuclear plant continues there are fears of radiation in some food products. also, afghanistan's president announces the first provinces to be handed from nato to national security control. >> thanks for joining us. libyan state television says coalition forces have launched air strikes a third night in tripoli. colonel gaddafi's says many independents are killed but there is no equipment makes. we go to southern italy to join our colleague. welcome to the air base here in southern italy which is now the british center of operations with the r.a.f. fighters behind me. one of them i can see being prepared getting ready to fly another mission. the hood is up so presumably it will take off fairly shortly. it is also the home of the british ground attack aircraft which have been seeking out targets across libya to disable colonel gaddafi's air defense systems. another night of bombardment over tripoli
. >> japan is to de commission four of the reactors. tokyo electric power made the announcement three weeks after failing to bring reactors one to four under control. harmful levels of radiation have been detected in the area. the bbc's mark worthington told me owe -- how worrying these radiation levels are. >> they are the most concerning we've had outside the reactors. much higher than anything seen in the vea water until now. suggesting the radioactive material is somehow leaking out. an indication that there's a dispersal 16 kilometers to the south they have been much lower, but elevated levels all adding to the growing concern that this might have some kind of impact on japan's crucial fishery. >> so this is far from being under control. >> yes. and tepco has used almost that phrase saying they cannot say reactors one to four are at this stage under control. they are stabilizing slowly, they say, but because it's such a difficult task and because it's gone on so long and because they believe there's been a part of meltdown and because if you've seen the true scale of destruction, they
holes? coming up later for you -- exposed to radiation 10,000 times the normal levels, workers at japan's stricken nuclear plant on their way to hospital after yet another set -- set back. and watching the clock. how time zones around the world have turned chronology into a minefield. welcome to the program. syria has become the latest hot spot in the middle east but the ruling elite coming under its biggest challenge in three decades. thousands have demonstrated college -- thousands have demonstrated, calling for more freedom. in deraa, around 20 protesters were shot dead around the statue of the former president's was set alight. demonstrations were broken up by security forces in damascus. meanwhile, the u.n. to get beatrix secretary-general ban ki-moon has announced that syria protect their citizens fundamental rights. both pro and anti-government demonstrators held their largest rallies yet. president saleh said he would step down, but on his own terms. in libya, loud explosions near a city where rebels are fighting forces root -- loyal to colonel gaddafi. the city of misrata remai
as a top general defects. the japan's nuclear crisis shows no signs of abating. white smoke seen rising from of the number two reactor at fukushima. we are going to go live to libya, back to dan brown in a moment, where there have been a set at night of hitting of compounds. >> hello, and welcome to bbc news from eastern libya. while correlation war planes have carried out a second night of air strikes against targets throughout libya, including colonel gaddafi's air defenses radar installations. also, tomahawk missiles being fired. one of them, as colonel gaddafi's compound in tripoli, where an administration building was destroyed. several hundred volunteers, civilians, had actually gone to that area to be human shields to try to prevent bombing of that compound. meanwhile, four british raf tornado's flew at a long journey of a witch and the u.k. and decided to abort a because intelligence told them civilians were in the target area. we also know that's a british submarine is in the mediterranean and has been firing tomahawk cruise missiles as part of the military action. more nations
minister is forced to resign in one country. japan is facing a long-term crisis as thousands of homeless are forced into shelters. the fresh face of russian art. a new exhibition in london the counters perceptions of russians. ♪ >> for the sixth night, coalition warplanes are carrying out air attacks in libya. the prospect of nato taking command of the military operation has moved a step closer according to diplomats. diplomats have also said that nato ambassadors are still working on details. our world affairs editor is in the capital of tripoli with this assessment. >> the battle for misrata may decide how the entire war will go. the rebels have had no answer to colonel gaddafi's weaponry. that is why they have been so delighted that the coalition has intervened. the libyan air force has pretty much been destroyed. some tanks remain inside misrata. coalition forces cannot do anything about the pro-gaddafi snipers in the town. these pictures have come in over the last few days. there is no possibility of verifying them since the government has not allowed us to go through there. many
. in japan, engineers at the foot fishing the dai-ichi power plant lay new power plants that should be keeping the core cool. -- engineers at the fukishima power plant late new power lines to keep the for cool. the u.n. security council has approved a resolution for the creation of a no-fly zone to protect civilians in libya from attacks by colonel gaddafi's forces. the resolution calls for all necessary measures but it rules out the use of foreign ground troops. there were five abstentions including china and russia. french officials have said that military action could begin within hours although britain has cautioned against that suggestion. >> there was no opposition to the plan that britain, france, and lebanon had presented. significantly, both russia and china were among the five countries to abstain. afterwards, britain made clear why the government felt they had to act. >> the world should not stand by and accept gaddafi promised brutality against his own people. this is an expression of the resolve. this is a resolve by the arab league last weekend and measures to protect
of japan have been affected? it fell to the chairman of the company who made a lengthy apology. those that found their food production hampered, varying and fluctuating warnings about safety. he apologized to them all for the inconvenience and the worry as they struggled to deal with the problems. pepsico is struggling for its own survival there is a pressing need for the company to be nationalized. >> briefly, where are they on the humanitarian disaster? >> it is a huge effort that has been overshadowed in the media. certainly, efforts are continuing. a huge number of people in temporary accommodations getting what they need for now, and there is the building of temporary housing, but the need for a very real solution in long-term on that part of the japanese coast, at the moment efforts continue but it does not seem at this stage that the plan is emerging. >> thank you very much. landslides and across southern thailand have left 700,000 people -- affected 700,000 people, leaving thousands of tourists stranded on one of the country's most popular islands. the prime minister of pakist
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